This term, our English has been linked to the book ‘The Day the Crayons Quit’, by Oliver Jeffers. A story about a group of overworked crayons who write some letters to their owner (a little boy called Duncan) detailing their resentment. The learning journey began with children initially asking questions about the book and inferring how the different characters felt throughout the story. Children were exposed to new vocabulary and phrases that allowed them to understand the frustration the crayons felt. Inferring how a character feels is a key skill that children at the beginning of Key Stage 2 are required to master and this story has been used to expose children to an array of emotive phrases that allows them to empathise with the characters in the book. This was also a perfect opportunity for the children to use our classroom thesauruses to find alternative words with the same meaning, which they could use in their own writing. This initial groundwork was recorded on the English display boards within class as a working wall, which in turned aided in supporting their writing outcomes. Our first writing outcome was a persuasive letter to Duncan as a crayon, listing why they were upset and recommending a solution to resolve the issue. Our final outcome was a diary entry by the owner of the crayons, acknowledging the crayons feeling and the steps they would take to satisfy their discontent.
At the beginning of the Autumn term children were introduced to activities within ‘Math No Problem’, around place value up to three digits, as well as reading and writing numbers up to one thousand. Throughout this process children explored with Dienes to secure their knowledge of hundreds, tens, and ones. This supported children to develop their understanding that each digit has a different value. The next stage of our learning has been addition and subtraction up to three digits. They have been taught different methods to solve these problems, such as number line, partitioning, part whole, as well as the columnar method. Anchor charts have been used to record children’s input with regards to in-focus maths problems and methods they can use to solve these problems.
Our anchor charts have been used as part of our maths displays within class because they can provide a point of reference and support when children are applying this new learning.
Our science topic has been Humans and Living Animals, which is a two-term topic. Children have learnt about different food types, as well as their nutritional values. Children also understand that there are 3 types of skeleton (Endoskeleton, Exoskeleton and Hydro skeleton), which are different depending on the animal. By the end of last term, Year 3 children were taught about the different bones that make up the human skeleton and their significance.
Our R.E. lessons this term have been associated with religious symbolism and its importance. Children now have a greater understanding of how individuals who practice different faiths may possess or use different objects that hold a certain relevance to their faith. Children understand that symbolism is contained within religious texts such as, the dove and olive branch in the story of Noah’s Art. They also learnt about the importance of Prayer Mats and their significance within Muslim practice. This topic has helped children identify links between their faith and the faith of other children within our community.
Pupils have enjoyed PE lessons throughout the Autumn term. These lessons entail two weekly sessions. One session is indoors and the other is outside in the playground. Pupils have learnt football skills with their class teacher in the playground and multi- skills indoors with coach Brandon.
E-Safety has been our Autumn term topic. Children are aware that they should not provide private information online and to tell a trusted adult if they feel uncomfortable or suspicious about online activities.
In Year 3 children have been learning about Ancient Egyptians. This topic is a two-term topic, which will be taught up to our Christmas break. At the beginning of this sequence of learning children explored different types of artefacts. They now understand that artefacts provide useful information about how people lived in the past. Next, they learnt about the river Nile and how the people of Ancient Egypt depended on this river. The children really loved learning about the mummification process and the Weighing of the Heart ceremony.
Wangari Maathai was the Year 3 focus this year for Black History. Children were taught about the impact she had on her community within Africa and how she founded the Green Belt Movement, which helped enhanced the lives of African Women through the planting of trees. This movement has allowed women to become independent and self-sufficient within developing nations. Wangari Maathai’s contribution to her community was recognised globally and she received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004.
School Trips and Workshops
Our first school trip for this academic year was to the British Museum which links with our history topic Ancient Egypt. We also had an African Story Telling workshop that linked to Black History.